Airam Hernández has quickly become one of the most promising young tenors of his generation. The uniqueness of his timbre and his highly developed musicality has given him a place of honor between the rising stars in the opera world ever since the recent start of his career.
In June 2016 Airam succesfully debuted the role of Alfredo in La Traviata at Perm Opera, directed by the visionary Robert Wilson and conducted by Maestro Teodor Currentzis.
Airam’s future engagements includes Apollo/Dyonisos in Manfred Trojahn’s Orest (new production of the Zurich Opera House); and Borsa in Rigoletto (new production of the Dutch National Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and directed by Damiano Michieletto).
In 2017 he will debut the role of Belmonte of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Teatro de San Carlo di Napoli, in the staging of the legendary Giorgio Strehler; and the role of Faust in the homonymous Gounod’s masterpiece, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Airam received his initial musical training as a french horn player for twelve years in the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife mentored by Maestro Guillermo Zarzo. Lately he finished his formal vocal studies with Maestra Dolors Aldea in Barcelona. During his years of training he was given instruction by such illustrious singers and maestros as Vittorio Terranova, Dalton Baldwin, Lorraine Nubar, Dame Ann Murray, Fabio Luisi, Hedwig Fassbender, Eytan Pessen, Reinaldo Macías, Carlos Chausson, Dmitry Vdovin, Roger Vignoles, Laurent Naouri, Natalie Dessay and Mariella Devia.
In 2008 he initiates a fruitful relationship with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he has the chance to sang in several productions as the Erster Gefangener in Fidelio, Ein buckliger Spieler in Prokofiev’s The gambler, Venditore di canzonette in Il tabarro and Nathanaël in Les contes d’Hoffmann.
In 2014, on his first year in Zürich, as a member of the International Opera Studio, the audience could hear him as Der Bucklige in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Normanno in Lucia de Lammermoor and Geharnischter Mann in Die Zauberflöte, among others. The same year he obtained great reviews from critics and public after his interpretation of five different characters (Le Commissaire, Le Garde, Le Facteur, Le Mécanicien & Le Gardien) in the Zürich premiere of Martinu’s Juliette, conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi.
As a company member of Zürich Opernhaus, Airam began the 15-16 season highlighted as “a truly luxury for the cast” for his debut in the role of Dr. Cajus in Zürich production of Falstaff, alongside Bryn Terfel as the eponymous anti hero. In the same season he sang the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and Malcolm in Macbeth. At the beginning of 2016 he also debuted at Teatro Real de Madrid singing Geharnischter Mann in Barrie Kosky’s awarded production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
He has worked with prestigious conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Stéphane Denève, Marco Armiliato, Michael Boder, Cornelius Meister, Markus Poschner, Alexander Anissimov, Sebastian Weigle, John Fiore, Ivor Bolton, Teodor Currentzis and Nello Santi, among others; and with directors as Barrie Kosky, Robert Wilson, Jürgen Flimm, David Pountney, Laurent Pélly, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Peter Stein, Jean-Claude Auwray, Claus Guth, Gilbert Deflo, Eric Bechtolf, Tatjana Gürbaca, Dmitry Tcherniakov, Andreas Homoki, Nicola Michieletto, among others.
Airam has had an outstanding participation in numerous vocal competitions, being a finalist at International Singing Competition “Francisco Viñas” in Barcelona and Semifinalist at Operalia Competition in Los Angeles. He also won First Prize and Higher Score Prize at International Singing Competition of Logroño and the Second Prize at International Singing Competition “Josep Mirabent i Magrans”, Sitges.
Native of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the young spanish tenor is part of a family of musicians.